• A CULTIVATED MEMBERSHIPTo be considered for membership in the Cosmos Club, an individual must be a person of “distinction, character and sociability” who has done meritorious original work in science, literature, or the arts. Learn more...

  • A VIBRANT INTELLECTUAL COMMUNITY“The Cosmos Club stands as the closest thing to a social headquarters for Washington's intellectual elite.”
    -Wallace Stegner

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    WORLD CLASS CUISINEThe pursuit of excellence at the Cosmos Club is nowhere more apparent than in the preparation and presentation of our cuisine. The kitchen offers both traditional and contemporary fare, all prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients.

  • ROLES OF CONSIDERABLE SIGNIFICANCECosmos Club members have included three U.S. Presidents, two U.S. Vice Presidents, a dozen Supreme Court justices, 36 Nobel Prize winners, 61 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 55 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

  • A JEWEL LOCATED IN THE HEART OF EMBASSY ROWA tranquil oasis allows for reflection, contemplation and a reconnection with tradition and grace.

WELCOME

The Cosmos Club, founded in 1878, is a private social club for men and women distinguished in science, literature and the arts or public service. Members come from virtually every profession that has anything to do with scholarship, creative genius or intellectual distinction.

Among its members have been three Presidents, two Vice Presidents, a dozen Supreme Court justices, 36 Nobel Prize winners, 61 Pulitzer Prize winners and 55 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Club offers an impressive array of programs for every member interest: international affairs, science, the arts, and economics—to name a few.

The elegant Clubhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a District of Columbia Landmark.

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DEC Award

To be a Distinguished Emerald Club, a club must provide a level of Member Experience attained by only the finest clubs in the world. Distinguished Emerald Club. Only clubs that earn a 9.0 Distinguished Clubs score or greater are awarded Distinguished Emerald Club status. A club must be a Distinguished Emerald Club in “good standing,” which means, among other criteria, that the club has been awarded Distinguished Emerald Club status within the past 12 months.